As if it weren't bad enough that tech companies and management consulting firms are stealing business from ad agencies, they now have architectural firms to contend with. Say what? Yup,
that's right. Architectural firms. DC-based Hickok Cole Architecture has launched Jickok Cole Creative, which will offer branding, identity and print work for such companies as Bechtel, Cassidy
Turley, Pfizer, the Patent and Trademark Office, Lowe Enterpises and more. It's all to help the firm's clients design and market their projects. Of the launch, Senior Principal Yolanda Cole said: "We've already had a graphic design component within the firm,
and a strong marketing component. On the other side, there's a whole melding of what brand is, what lifestyle is, and how branding is making its way through lifestyle products." Watch your rear view
Hey - wait a minute. No fair, Canada! You can't just swoop in and steal our clients! We're talking to you, Cossette. Keep your paws off that Chicagoland McDonald's account. What's Leo Burnett going to do now? Okay, just kidding. We love you, Cossette. Awesome work you've done with McDonald's Canada. No doubt you'll do well for Chicago as well. And it looks like your president, Brett Marchand, is very excited! “We're extremely excited about working with McDonald's Owner/Operators in the company’s hometown market. We started our partnership with one Canadian Owner/Operator 37 years ago in Quebec City, and this opportunity is another proud moment in our continued evolution with McDonald’s.” Today, Chicago. Tomorrow, McDonald's America?
Hmm, Cossette. Maybe you want the Miller Lite account? It's available now, since the brand has dumped Saatchi & Saatchi New York...without another agency lined up. Which leads us to believe things became untenable between the two. Of course no one is actually saying that. In fact, MillerCoors VP Pete Marino has nothing but kind words to say about Saatchi and its CEO -- telling Ad Age: "We appreciate the efforts and professionalism from Brent Smart and his team behind our brands. Any immediate needs for Miller Lite and Miller Fortune will be handled by other roster agencies, though we have a lot of current work to draw from that we recently debuted at our sales and marketing conference. We have no timetable for the longer term, and will take our time making decisions that strategically make sense for both brands." RFP time, Cossette?
Last week I made note of Alex Bogusky launching a start-up that that would focus on doing social good and that it would be called Spiffly. The first part was right. The second part was wrong. The
new entity will be called Fearless and "will help socially-minded corporations, foundations and non-profits develop 360° campaigns while providing the added value of a built-in millennial audience
through Fusion's television, social and digital platforms."
Fearless will be a division of Disney/ABC/Univision's cable network and digital platform Fusion and run in partnership with Bogusky, former CP+B'ers Dagny Scott and Lelsie Freeman. Fearless will "enable clients to engage with an ultra-connected audience in all of the places they consume media. The agency will develop multi-platform content spanning video, art, text, comedy, documentaries, television, events, and sharable content, all with an eye toward raising awareness and moving millennials to action on key issues and ideas that encourage positive change in the world."
Of the launch, Bogusky said, "Mashing up agency and media solves a huge problem for socially-minded clients who have incredibly compelling messages but no way to find their audience. Fusion is striking the right tone. Although millennials are more interested in doing good, they aren’t motivated by the same old dry boring, righteous approach. They have the attitude that changing the world can and needs to be fun. And I happen to agree with that.”
Fusion will be opening an office in Boulder, Colorado where Fearless will be based.
Are you going to SXSW? Do you want a new job? Then, it appears, you might want to hook up with Saatchi & Saatchi, which is opening up a Dallas office and will be trolling the streets of Austin
during SXSW for new hires.
The new office is for the agency's Team One unit, which focuses specifically on the Toyota and Lexus accounts. The agency's move to Texas is in reaction to Toyota moving its U.S. sales and marketing operations to Plano, Texas.
And so between barbecue and overcrowded sessions, head over to the SXSW Job Market at the JW Marriott (Floor 2). The hours are Friday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While every morning she's grateful her clients haven't become part of some social media disaster and Twitter is her go to outlet for news, Huge (no, she isn't huge -- that's the name of the agency)
Director of Earned Media Alyssa Galella says that if she weren't working at Huge, she'd love to be "a detective. Or work in an animal shelter. I would basically be Ace Ventura, Pet Detective."
That's an interesting goal for a woman who was recently named one of PR Week's Innovation 50 or who accomplished a killer social media stunt by sending 99 boxes of Cap'N Crunch cereal to Jay-Z who later mentioned the stunt on the radio. Of course, yes -- she's just kidding, but Ace Ventura who certainly was a character. And I like people who aspire to be interesting characters.
But what's most interesting about Galella, who is far from being an old timer, is her wise view of social media today. She says, "There's no longer a dividing line between 'media' and 'social media.' You need to be fluent in both traditional media relations and social media to do your job most effectively. Most of what I've learned hasn't been on the clock, either -- take the initiative to read a ton, be active on social media, attend events, and take classes you're interested in." You know -- become educated in the ways of life.
Thank God. Someone who doesn't think Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are the only valid forms of media in existence.